The people I work with, some for nearly a decade now, they are the ones that make it all worthwhile. All the support and humor through bright and dark times-they make the difference. I know it’s supposed to be “business”. That we’re here to make money, to do well for investors, to reach goals and blah, blah, blah…but it’s never been business for me, honestly I’ve always felt like a voyeur in corporate America. I’m here, but I don’t buy in to the culture campaigns and ladder climbing. I just get to do what I love to do-write. Beyond that, I like to hear people’s stories. I like to make people laugh. I like to listen and try to figure out their modus operandi, because in my opinion, just like in the real world, in corporate America there are two kinds of people-nice ones and mean ones. And I want to be associated with the nice ones.
The thing is, I think cubicles are just mean. And I don't care for hierarchy. I don’t think people with higher paying positions are better, smarter, cooler, or more awesome than people who water the plants, or choose to stay home. I think people make choices and sometimes their forced into one. Some want to climb high. Some want world dominance. Some are afraid to make a move. Some want to be left alone, be paid and leave at a respectable hour so they can drink wine and finish reading their book. Some people thrive off being around other people who are “fancy”. I don’t care what your extravagant title is, I care how you treat people, and how intact your soul is.
Fanciness, in my opinion, is when people are authentic and have no alternative motive. I mean, face it corporate America, you’re a number. None of this is ours to keep, so you might as well have fun, be kind, and stay humble. Do your job well and focus on how you can be truly “fancy”, because at some point, just like everything in life, this too shall pass, either by reorg, buy out, sell out, new leadership, disbandment, abandonment, mob retaliation, the axe dropping, forced retirement, or legit retirement. In the end, people will only remember how you made them feel, not that you got to park in front.
I’m lucky for my job and for the super fancy, good ones that surround me. In an environment where nothing is ours to keep, I treasure the realness of the tangible and intangible things you’ve given and shown to me…
Thank you cards, get well cards, custom zit joke cards, every kind of card, cover up for zits, quotes, candy, flowers, cakes, t-shirts, gifts for my kids, books, articles, jokes, pictures, calendars, vitamin D lamps, vitamin D, dictionaries, casseroles, condolences, books on writing, books on writing about writing, card stock, bobble heads, gum, breath mints, tampons, ointments, medical dictionaries, scotch, Christmas CDs, recipes, scarves, hand warmers, zinc, expensive pens, made up awards, flamingos, Irish plaques, goldfish, Halloween decorations, mouse pads, phone covers, earrings, saffron, and today…unicorn post-its for my little girl.
Keep it fancy, people.